GOP-Controlled Legislature Passes a Medical Marijuana Bill; Democratic Governor Plans to Veto It

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    Apr 28, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
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    This week the Republican-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a medical marijuana bill by a lopsided vote of 236 to 96, one day after Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, threatened to veto the legislation. Last month the state Senate approved the bill, which would let patients with "debilitating medical conditions" or their "designated caregivers" grow and possess up to six ounces at a time, by a vote of 13 to 11, with all five Democrats and eight Republicans in favor. The number of yes votes in the House, where nearly three-quarters of the seats are held by Republicans, is enough to overcome a veto (which requires a two-thirds majority), but the bill's supporters need to get three more votes in the Senate. If they manage to do that, New Hampshire will become the 17th state to allow medical use of marijuana. Lynch successfully vetoed a similar bill in 2009.

    Democrats were actually more likely than Republicans to vote for the the bill, but there aren't enough of them to pass anything on their own, let alone achieve a veto-proof majority. In absolute numbers, the bill got more votes from Republicans than from Democrats. In New Hampshire, then, medical marijuana is a cause supported mainly by Republicans and opposed by the state's most prominent Democrat (who perhaps is taking his cues from the country's most prominent Democrat). Weird, right? Why would the party that supposedly favors a smaller, less intrusive government want to let sick people grow their own medicine?
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    This week the Republican-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a medical marijuana bill by a lopsided vote of 236 to 96, one day after Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, threatened to veto the legislation. Last month the state Senate approved the bill, which would let patients with "debilitating medical conditions" or their "designated caregivers" grow and possess up to six ounces at a time, by a vote of 13 to 11, with all five Democrats and eight Republicans in favor. The number of yes votes in the House, where nearly three-quarters of the seats are held by Republicans, is enough to overcome a veto (which requires a two-thirds majority), but the bill's supporters need to get three more votes in the Senate. If they manage to do that, New Hampshire will become the 17th state to allow medical use of marijuana. Lynch successfully vetoed a similar bill in 2009.

    Democrats were actually more likely than Republicans to vote for the the bill, but there aren't enough of them to pass anything on their own, let alone achieve a veto-proof majority. In absolute numbers, the bill got more votes from Republicans than from Democrats. In New Hampshire, then, medical marijuana is a cause supported mainly by Republicans and opposed by the state's most prominent Democrat (who perhaps is taking his cues from the country's most prominent Democrat). Weird, right? Why would the party that supposedly favors a smaller, less intrusive government want to let sick people grow their own medicine?


    New Hampshire Republicans are a totally different breed to the ones found in other parts of the US.

    I grew up 5 miles from the NH border and supported Republicans. They're pro individual rights and have a strong libertarian streak. The motto on their license plates is "Live Free or Die" which I loved. Then I moved to Texas, where I found the Republicans there to be close minded fundamentalist Christians, bullies, bigots...or some combination of all three.
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    riddler78 saidhttp://reason.com/blog/2012/04/27/gop-controlled-legislature-passes-a-medi

    This week the Republican-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a medical marijuana bill by a lopsided vote of 236 to 96, one day after Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, threatened to veto the legislation. Last month the state Senate approved the bill, which would let patients with "debilitating medical conditions" or their "designated caregivers" grow and possess up to six ounces at a time, by a vote of 13 to 11, with all five Democrats and eight Republicans in favor. The number of yes votes in the House, where nearly three-quarters of the seats are held by Republicans, is enough to overcome a veto (which requires a two-thirds majority), but the bill's supporters need to get three more votes in the Senate. If they manage to do that, New Hampshire will become the 17th state to allow medical use of marijuana. Lynch successfully vetoed a similar bill in 2009.

    Democrats were actually more likely than Republicans to vote for the the bill, but there aren't enough of them to pass anything on their own, let alone achieve a veto-proof majority. In absolute numbers, the bill got more votes from Republicans than from Democrats. In New Hampshire, then, medical marijuana is a cause supported mainly by Republicans and opposed by the state's most prominent Democrat (who perhaps is taking his cues from the country's most prominent Democrat). Weird, right? Why would the party that supposedly favors a smaller, less intrusive government want to let sick people grow their own medicine?


    New Hampshire Republicans are a totally different breed to the ones found in other parts of the US.

    I grew up 5 miles from the NH border and supported Republicans...until I moved to Texas, where I found the Republicans there to be mostly close minded, bigoted, fundamentalist Christians.


    That's not been my experience, but my Texas experience has been confined mostly to Austin and San Antonio.
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    riddler78 saidhttp://reason.com/blog/2012/04/27/gop-controlled-legislature-passes-a-medi

    This week the Republican-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a medical marijuana bill by a lopsided vote of 236 to 96, one day after Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, threatened to veto the legislation. Last month the state Senate approved the bill, which would let patients with "debilitating medical conditions" or their "designated caregivers" grow and possess up to six ounces at a time, by a vote of 13 to 11, with all five Democrats and eight Republicans in favor. The number of yes votes in the House, where nearly three-quarters of the seats are held by Republicans, is enough to overcome a veto (which requires a two-thirds majority), but the bill's supporters need to get three more votes in the Senate. If they manage to do that, New Hampshire will become the 17th state to allow medical use of marijuana. Lynch successfully vetoed a similar bill in 2009.

    Democrats were actually more likely than Republicans to vote for the the bill, but there aren't enough of them to pass anything on their own, let alone achieve a veto-proof majority. In absolute numbers, the bill got more votes from Republicans than from Democrats. In New Hampshire, then, medical marijuana is a cause supported mainly by Republicans and opposed by the state's most prominent Democrat (who perhaps is taking his cues from the country's most prominent Democrat). Weird, right? Why would the party that supposedly favors a smaller, less intrusive government want to let sick people grow their own medicine?


    New Hampshire Republicans are a totally different breed to the ones found in other parts of the US.

    I grew up 5 miles from the NH border and supported Republicans...until I moved to Texas, where I found the Republicans there to be mostly close minded, bigoted, fundamentalist Christians.


    That's not been my experience, but my Texas experience has been confined mostly to Austin and San Antonio.


    Austin is a world away from Dallas. I've lived in both, and Austin is more the exception. Dallas is the buckle of the bible belt... a preacher under every rock, and a church on every corner it seems. Christian Coalition was very big there....they packed out Dallas City Hall protesting over the police deciding to hire a lesbian police officer. Rick Perry's anti-gay ad was probably a big hit there, but not so much in Austin. Then you get places like Lufkin, Midland/Odessa, Lubbock, Waco, etc. where they think Dallas is covered with a shroud of debauchery....lol. Same story with OK, LA, MS, AL. Church and religion is very ingrained into the culture. Voters in these states would be ok with a theocracy, as long as it was their church running it. These are the voters who have pretty much taken over the GOP nationally.

    But, this doesn't at all describe the NH republicans I grew up around. More libertarian and "Live Free or Die" type people. And from the article, it seems they're still alive and well.